Lincoln Academy international students enjoy a night out roller skating. Photo Credit: Monica Tan

“I wanted to experience Thanksgiving with a family here because I like to make a lot of friends and practice my English and enjoy Thanksgiving,” said Shuyu Pang, a 2019 Lincoln Academy graduate from TianJin, China. “In China we don’t have Thanksgiving and we don’t know what people do to celebrate it.”

This year Lincoln Academy’s Residential Life program includes students from more than a dozen countries and we are excited to continue the tradition of students sharing Thanksgiving dinner with a local family.  Since the LA dormitories will remain open during Thanksgiving vacation, the school is seeking host families for the Thanksgiving meal itself; no overnight accommodation is necessary.

Thanksgiving hosts pick-up and return students to the dormitories on Thanksgiving day.  Students are typically grouped in pairs, though you can request a larger number and even specific students.  Lincoln Academy Vacation Program Coordinator Sarah Kennedy says, “This is a great opportunity to share your hospitality and culture with visiting students from all over the world.  We are working to increase the cultural immersion opportunities available to international students studying at LA and depend on our wonderful community volunteers to make this happen.”

Linda Shaffer lives in Bristol with her family and has really enjoyed hosting students over the years,   “It is right up there with the best things we have done as a family.  We’ve learned about far off lands, traditions and foods quite different from our own here in Maine.  We’ve gained an appreciation of what a challenge it must be to come here from a non-English speaking country and navigate life in the US and studies at LA.  And now we know how to make sushi and egg fried rice!”

If you are interested in having students join you for Thanksgiving Day, please fill out the brief form at the following link:

Our students and dorm families reside in a close-knit residential setting and we are committed to their health and safety. To be a part of our residential life community, we require students to be vaccinated and we conduct regular testing for COVID-19. To be eligible to host one of our students in your home, we ask that ALL individuals in your home, including Thanksgiving dinner guests, who are eligible for a vaccine be vaccinated.

Lincoln Academy is also looking for host families for the following school vacations:

  • Holiday Vacation:  December 18 – January 2, 2022
  • Winter Vacation: February 19 – February 22, 2022
  • Spring Vacation:  April 16 – April 24, 2022

Contact Sarah Kennedy in the Resident Life Office with any questions: